Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS The Pasadena Ice Skating Center is reopening for public skating, group classes and private rentals.“It’s such a relief to be able to reopen after over a year. The Pasadena Ice Skating Center has been working hard to welcome back skaters safely,” said Pasadena Center Operating Co. (PCOC) CEO Michael Ross. “It’s great to see our skaters getting back on the ice and doing what they love.”The Pasadena Ice Skating Center (PISC), which has served the community since 1976, provides year-round recreational activities for skaters of all ages and ability levels. The center was originally constructed in a historic exhibition hall. The current facility opened in September of 2011. The Pasadena Ice Skating Center has enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols to protect its employees, skaters and guests. Anyone entering the rink is required to wear a mask and maintain a six-foot social distance. Spectators and additional guests are not allowed at this time.The Pasadena Convention Center facilities have achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR Facility accreditation on outbreak prevention, response, and recovery. PCOC GBAC-trained technicians will be on site daily to clean and disinfect the facility. Visit skatepasadena.com or call (626) 578-0800 to learn more. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Pasadena Ice Skating Center Announces Full Reopening STAFF REPORT Published on Thursday, May 13, 2021 | 3:58 pm Make a comment CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Subscribe Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website 22 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Community News Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
January 26, 2021 /Sports News – Local The lack of wins starting to pile up for Tony Finau Tags: PGA/Tony Finau Written by Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTony Finau is doing everything but win. At least it can’t be said that he’s in a slump, but only because Finau hasn’t won enough in his seventh year on the PGA Tour to be in one.His most recent chance was last week in The American Express. Finau couldn’t keep up with Si Woo Kim and finished four shots behind.He still has one victory in 168 starts in his PGA Tour career. That’s his biggest burden.Finau has a great skill set and an even better attitude. But he’s developing a reputation as the guy who doesn’t win enough.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A Bulgarian mountain climber has been found dead during his attempt to reach the peak of the world’s second-tallest mountain, K2. Bulgaria’s Foreign ministry said in a statement that a Pakistani army helicopter crew confirmed the death of 42-year-old Atanas Skatov on Friday. Bulgarian national radio cited the Nepalese organizer of the expedition as saying that Skatov is believed to have fallen while changing ropes during a descent to base camp. Skatov in 2017 became the world’s first vegan to scale the highest mountains on every continent, known as the Seven Summits.
Mark Wilson: How FSB is meeting the recreational cricket punter’s demands August 20, 2020 Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share As Test cricket returns to our screens for England vs West Indies, we gathered three of the sharpest minds in trading around the SBC roundtable to assess the future of cricket betting.We spoke to John Wright, Head of Cricket at Integral Sports Management, Spreadex senior cricket trader Jamie Nuttall and William Stephenson, Head of Data & Trading Feeds at RPM Gaming, whose new Pace feed promises the fastest and most accurate data for the sport.SBC: First-class international cricket is back today with the start of a three-Test series between England and the West Indies. What are your expectations for re-engagement?John Wright: The viewership spike will be huge because cricket fans have been starved of the sport they love. As we’ve seen with other sports that have returned from the coronavirus-induced sidelines, the pent-up demand is intense. Couple that to mainstream broadcast – the recent return of the PGA Tour stateside on Sky Sports, UK horse racing on ITV, even North American horse racing on Sky – and it’s small wonder that the audience numbers and accompanying betting turnover have been as palpable as they’ve been predictable.William Stephenson: I think cricket could arguably expect a bigger uptick in traction, thanks to its incredibly loyal and engaged fanbase. Particularly when you consider that this Test Series is something of an oasis in a highly fragmented cricketing calendar. Pakistan also have a UK Test tour scheduled for late summer, while the postponed IPL is also confident of a rebound later this year. However, with so much uncertainty remaining around the pandemic, not to mention the prospect of second waves, I expect sports fans in general to snatch the slim pickings of live action wherever they can.Jamie Nuttall: Naturally, those major sports that can bounce back effectively have fewer rival events with which to compete, so they’re in a strong position to grab a bigger slice of market share. Importantly, with less competition, this is also their chance to turn a wider base of sports fans, recreational viewers and bettors on to the merits of their respective sports. That way, cricket can take a long-term place in their broader entertainment interests of those who may have previously overlooked it.SBC: From a betting perspective, what do sportsbooks need to do to capitalise on the attention this Test series attracts?JW: Of course, having access to an untapped or more captive audience is great. But it’s of no enduring utility if you can’t then retain that audience. So, from a sportsbook perspective, the challenge for operators on this Test series will not to sit idly by and lazily enjoy the short-term spike in interest and activity. That even applies within the varied formats of cricket itself. Migrating quick-fix T20 oglers to five-day Test cricket may seem like a hard cross-sell these days, especially for younger viewers with shorter attention spans. However, within the betting realm, that doesn’t have to be the case. Shorter-form betting opportunities can be created from over-by-over runs, fall of next wicket, next batsman out, under-over runs for any bracket ranging from first-five overs to total innings runs. This creates different courses for bettors to play on, with ‘snackable’ content that fits the bill, regardless of whether they’re dropping in for a few overs, an afternoon session or the entire match. Will StephensonWS: The only thing I’d add to that “more product / more brackets” approach is that these markets need to be reconciled as soon as the results are in, or settlement is already established. Player frustration over protracted bet settlement is manifest across all sports, but can be particularly pronounced in cricket. For example, if you go over first innings runs at 280, you could potentially wait for days before that innings is officially over at 650 all out, notwithstanding any weather delays. Instead, the markets should be settled as soon as a side registers north of 280 in that innings – and obviously that applies all the way down to narrower temporal markets from session runs to first five overs. Nowadays, granted the finest cricket feeds and pricing algorithms, there should be no legitimate reason to suspend markets with overs still to play. In theory, to our mind at RPM Gaming, live betting on these events should run right up to, say, the fourth ball of the final over before they’re taken down. When a line’s determined, it’s settled. This is key to returning winnings to a player in sync with their viewing experience to ensure satisfaction. Obviously, in turn, rapid recycling funds at fair margin will also give the operator a competitive edge over the long haul. JN: As the guys say, the more live unsuspended brackets the better. The cat is completely out of the bag when it comes to the increasing importance of in-play versus pre-play, but that tide is even more powerful in cricket, with a 90%-10% split playing off strikingly against other sports where roughly 70% is traded after game time. Consequently, you need to have a service that keeps up in-play, harnessing the fastest and most accurate data feeds to deliver market innovation. Not to mention the complex mathematical modelling that accommodates some of the subtleties of cricket whose formats and scoring systems are traditionally far harder to get a handle on then, say, sports like football where the jury is in to some significant degree.The goal, though, is not to create a long-tail list of derivative in-play markets which can clutter an interface and muddy that customer experience. The initial handful of markets, premised on relevance and immediacy set the tone. And, of course, there’s a role for customisation and personalisation around the markets any given player might favour. The dials of automation are certainly there for that these days. Operators must also ensure that the live pictures maintain stride with the live data, so that the viewing and the betting experience are effortlessly joined to the live action ball-by-ball. Above all, this applies to cash-out functionality for which there should also always be a live value. After all, this feature ultimately redounds to the operator’s benefit (up to twice the margin), so having the reliable technology and trading capacity to offer it is well worthwhile.SBC: In your view, what are the pros and cons of cricket data feeds at the moment and is machine learning actually a thing? John WrightJW: In recent history, with automated in-play trading and the increasing speed of reliable data feeds, the model in the betting space has departed from the once massed ranks of the sports trading desk. After all, that’s a basic precept of good tech: do more with less.However, while Tier-1 operators still have their specialist teams and traders, I feel there has been an overconfidence in cricket automation which leaves many susceptible. Ever since Sportradar bought Coverpoint Analytics some five years ago, bringing a new level of data-driven expert pricing, there’s been a sense of the sector resting on its laurels – admittedly, after a step-change which improved the return rate for operators to create a more viable product. However, with smaller cricket teams and latency issues that can lag behind both Betfair and the super-fast Asian exchanges, there’s clearly a gap in the market for an upgraded, or zero-latency feed. As things currently stand, the main Asian exchanges top this reactive hierarchy, informed as they are by a vast network of in-venue scouts, but there’s sizeable scope for disruption. And operators certainly need to get away from some recent, albeit occasional horror shows – e.g. getting routinely picked off in the night by arbers with access to the latest weather forecasts on Test matches; or even niche 50-over ODIs being set up as T20 games by mistake – a buffet for total runs bettors! There’s no excuse, even if you pass it off as a goodwill gesture to your VIPs. JN: Operators rely more and more on third-party data feeds that accurately reflect what is happening in the stadium, and can be tweaked to a preferred margin or overround. However, their initial success in cricket has proven something of a gift and a curse. Cricket has become a neglected product since its tech watershed, and although operators do have experts in the sport, they cannot cover the growing appetite of a more global audience.As for any real-world application of advanced artificial intelligence in these trading systems, that remains a way off. Especially in cricket where human insight and subjectivity still has a part to play. Take the weather – if it turns, most sports are either postponed or new conditions engender an obvious effect.Cricket is still traded on the elements – atmospheric conditions, the impact on the state of the pitch, rain contracting the odds of a draw in a Test or edging a limited-overs game towards an abbreviated Duckworth-Lewis conclusion. The algorithms just aren’t there to make the adjustments on their own. Which is why machine learning still remains the Canadian girlfriend of the sports betting industry. You can talk about her in glowing terms, even stick her name on the side of your stand at ICE. Trouble is, no-one’s ever met her. WS: You’ve got to marshal your resources wisely, and there’s no room for complacency even with the latest feeds. More than any other sport, due to its unique variables and nuances, cricket trading is hard. You need the fastest data, aligned to shrewd intervention from a committed team of traders who consume the game via TV and radio (invariably quicker). If you lazily take your eye off the game and rely on building in a seven-second time delay, you’ll get picked off. While, as we’ve discussed, if you just suspend your markets or focus on very few products, you won’t generate the betting volumes you’re after. RPM Gaming have recently partnered with an India-based group to push the most comprehensive cricket feed in the industry to market. The Pace Cricket Service is the fastest in the industry, offering unparalleled levels of low-latency data from events all over the globe. Trader knowledge has been combined with an in-venue data team to create a best-in-breed cricket offering which diversifies revenue streams and drives incremental profits, while also enhancing the experience for the punter. Accordingly, we feel our Pace feed is primed to claim a large share of the rapidly expanding global cricket market. Discussions with major operators across the globe have been extremely positive, with most suggesting they are willing to trial it thanks to our understanding of API and integration requirements.SBC: Do you see some of these issues and patterns playing out in the 1st Test then? Are there any markets or biases that bettors should be looking out for?WS: Of course, typically, having just promoted the importance of zero-latency feeds, the 1st Test at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl is a match where such competitive trading edges will be blunted. It’s in the UK, extensively covered on TV and radio and, seeing as the game takes place behind closed doors, there’ll be no scouting advantage for anyone. Nevertheless, my comments around superior modelling, a diverse range of markets, limited suspensions and a dedicated team still apply. Particularly in the opening morning where the true state of the pitch will be one of the great unknowns.JN: As Will says, the opening morning on a pitch that’s seen no cricket will be crucial to pricing. Has it been perfectly prepared? Will it react in rogue or reliable fashion? These questions will be asked and answered differently by a fluctuating market in the first half an hour of play. Prices could be all over the show, so stay alert. In fact, if anyone’s proven correct about total runs, they’ll be right by accident!JW: I’ll be looking out for how the performance of batsmen and bowlers has been comparatively affected by this sporting hiatus. Received wisdom, especially at this elite level, is that a bowler’s condition and execution are more adversely impacted by a limited or disjointed preparation. A batsman’s role hinges on fewer moving parts and less of a reliance on physical form and practice. Indeed, with fitness a big concern for bowlers, expect the captains to rotate their pacemen more often which, in turn, could impact wicket-taking rhythm or introduce part-time bowlers of more questionable lines and lengths.In theory, these aggregated granular differences should give batters a solid performance advantage over their eternal adversaries. Moreover, as with other sports playing behind closed doors, the impact of no crowd atmosphere on individual motivations may also show its hand on a first day of potentially wild swings in pricing. Share Submit StumbleUpon Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020
Freelancing has been dubbed the on-demand economy, where businesses hire independent contractors to perform tasks for the company instead of regular employees. Contractors are generally less expensive to hire because you only pay for what you need. This can make them more appealing for smaller or shorter term projects, but some Silicon Valley startups are moving away from hiring freelancers. If this shift becomes a growing trend, surviving in the freelance Internet-of-Things (or “IoT” for short) world will become even more competitive.Regardless of competition, there will always be businesses that want to hire freelancers. The problem is, if fewer businesses are hiring freelancers, then freelancers have to compete harder for the limited opportunities that exist. That means if you are a freelancer in the tech world, it is time to step up your game.It is not easy to survive in the freelance world to begin with. This guide is designed to help you survive and thrive in a gig-based economy no matter how competitive it gets.Learn, practice, and perfect high-level communication skillsCommunication is not just an exchange of words and ideas. Communication requires taking responsibility for how your words and ideas are interpreted and understood. That does not mean you are responsible for what other people hear. Of course not. You cannot control what others hear through their listening filters. You are responsible for refining your communication until your idea is understood by the other person. For instance, when someone does not understand what you have said, be willing to ask questions to find out where they got lost, rather than repeating yourself in frustration.Clients that are not tech savvy will not understand technical jargon, and you may not be aware when you use it. You need to know how to communicate with the intention of helping your clients understand.Although difficult to master, high-level communication skills should be applied to online communications, too. In today’s IoT-centric world, kids use their devices to communicate with their peers and even their parents more than they are using verbal language. Even adults use text messaging, email, and social media messengers to talk to each other, sometimes for hours, rather than making a phone call.An important communication skill to have is refraining from sending an immediate response to an electronic communication. Electronic communications should be precise, since you do not have the ability to address misunderstandings and refine your message in a back-and-forth conversation.When dealing with clients, communication skills are gold. Clients are notorious for having unrealistic expectations and making difficult or impossible requests from techies. If you want to survive as a freelancer, you will need to communicate with those types of clients in a non-threatening way. You need to be able to talk them out of their bad ideas without making them mad.Limit your social media sharingTechnology comes with an unfortunate side effect: your clients are going to Google you and find you on Facebook. Think twice before sharing anything on social media that can be taken out of context or intentionally twisted. Over-sharing on social media has become the norm.Your friends might appreciate your sarcasm regarding sensitive topics such as religion and politics, but potential clients may not. Even sharing videos from politically incorrect comedians can turn a client off.If you want to survive as a freelancer, you need to be your client’s top choice. You cannot give them any reason to doubt their relationship with you. If you are posting photos of yourself drinking beer from a keg on Facebook and making sarcastic jokes that could be offensive, be prepared to lose some projects.Use data security best practices even when your clients do not require itEven when left unspoken, clients naturally expect you to keep their sensitive data private. They do not always know the proper protocols for data security, so you may not be given specific instructions for how they want you to protect their data. It is still your responsibility, and clients will drop you as a freelancer if you do not.You are legally responsible for protecting your client’s data. For instance, if you send unencrypted emails to a sub-contractor containing sensitive client data, you can be held responsible for damages if that transmission is intercepted. You could also be held responsible if your sub-contractor fails to protect the data once they receive it, and a hacker gets ahold of it.To keep client data safe, never outsource tasks you have agreed to perform without explicit permission from the client. Always notify the client when you need to transmit their sensitive data over the internet to a third-party. If they want you to transmit data in an unsecure way because you cannot transmit it securely, make sure they understand the consequences and get it in writing to cover yourself later on. Avoid entering client passwords on public Wi-Fi networks unless you can encrypt your connection using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).Be picky about public workspacesIf you need to work from public coffee shops and restaurants, be picky about where you work. Forcing yourself to work inside a noisy Starbucks simply because you want a Frappuccino or do not have a workspace is not a smart choice. Ideally, you want to find the sweet spot, where the location you work from has something you like on the menu, and you can be relatively undisturbed.Prioritize locations with secure Wi-Fi. Unless you live in a small town, you probably do not need to ask for a code to access public Wi-Fi. Open Wi-Fi networks are convenient but less secure. If possible, prioritize working from a location that offers secure Wi-Fi. Your clients’ data is at risk anytime you log into their accounts or communicate with them through email.If you cannot find secure public Wi-Fi, install a Virtual Private Network (VPN), a firewall, and other security software on your computer. A VPN encrypts your internet communications so even if a hacker steals your data, they cannot read it. A VPN can also hide your true location and make it look like you’re browsing the internet from somewhere else.Be aware that a VPN is not a guaranteed solution to all security problems. The recent Heartbleed bug makes it possible for hackers to decrypt your communications over a VPN, including passwords. Not all hackers can exploit your VPN, so even though a VPN is vulnerable, they still work to keep the majority of cyber criminals from accessing your data. For example, anyone can download free software from the internet and monitor public Wi-Fi traffic, stealing passwords and sensitive data. A VPN will protect you from most of those people because the majority are not real hackers.Avoid locations that require a purchase every hour. Businesses rely on customer purchases to make money, but when you are an entrepreneur on a budget it is in your best interest to avoid making multiple, unnecessary purchases.If you cannot avoid working somewhere that requires a regular purchase, buy a drink that offers refills at a lower price, like drip coffee or iced tea. You will be able to revisit the counter every hour or so and ask for a refill to fulfill your obligation to make a purchase.Avoid working in locations where people know you. This one is tough. If you live in a small town, you may only have one or two options, and you are going to run into people you know. If you live in a big city, you have a better chance at blending in undetected.When you cannot avoid working in public spaces where people know you, you have several options: place a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the side of your table and point to it when people approach you; place a similar sign facing people from your back so people entering the space know not to disturb you; or, you can be straight with people and let them know if they see you buried in your laptop, it is not a good time to talk. Or maybe it is time to stop working in cafes altogether.Find a designated coworking space. Although hosted in public spaces, a coworking space is different. Instead of going to a random restaurant and letting the waitstaff move you around when they need their tables, a coworking environment is a structured system. The restaurant designates an area as a workspace between certain hours.The fee for participating in a coworking space is easy to budget since it is a predictable expense, unlike hourly refills and purchases. Most spaces like the ones from Kettlespace, are organized during an establishment’s downtime so you will not get shuffled around. Like a regular office, most coworking spaces come with unlimited coffee, tea, and snacks. You will not feel guilty for hiding in the corner to avoid drowning yourself in refills you do not want.Coworking has been around for a while, and when orchestrated well, becomes an ecosystem for creativity and productivity. You do not need to sacrifice your health by pumping yourself full of caffeine and consuming specialty coffee drinks all day long.You might pay more for a coworking space than you would for a daily cup of coffee, but peace of mind (and unlimited snacks) are priceless. However, shop around to find the right coworking space – there are options for all budgets and needs.Protect your time with fierce boundariesYour time is more valuable than you think. Valuing your time is not merely about making sure you charge the right hourly rate, or ensuring you get paid for the time you spend with clients. Valuing your time means protecting it fiercely; making sure every minute you give to another person is worthwhile to you. That is not to say you need to be selfish with your time and not do anything unless it benefits you. It means being consciously aware of how you are choosing to spend your time and not giving it out absentmindedly. This requires careful thought prior to making a commitment.For example, if you are someone that says “yes” to every request, you are probably wasting a good amount of time finding ways to get out of commitments you wish you never made. Or, those commitments are overloading you and stressing you out. Instead of saying “yes” in the moment, protect your time by telling people you need to think about it for a couple of days and you will get back with them. When you are high on inspiration, opportunities will sound more appealing than when you come down from that high.You do not need to gnash your teeth to be fierce. Fiercely protecting your boundaries means saying no when you want to say no, and sticking to it. It means creating rules everyone must play by when interacting with you. It sounds robotic and sterile, but it is what all the top entrepreneurs have to do to maintain any kind of order in their lives. For example, successful entrepreneurs do not take unscheduled phone calls during business hours, even from friends and family. Unless they are lounging around and are not engaged in work.Seeing the face of a loved one flash on your smartphone makes it hard to ignore the call even when you are busy. It is tempting to answer and quickly tell them you cannot talk and you will call them later, but there are two major problems with that.If you answer the phone to say you cannot talk, you are creating the expectation that even when you are busy, you will still answer your phone. This gives others the impression that you are available 24/7, even when you are not. The one time you do not answer, the caller will get upset. You can tell them you were in a business meeting, but if you have always answered previously, they will wonder why you chose now to ignore their call. They will take it personally, create a story around why you did not answer their call, and you will have to deal with the drama.You need to restrict access to your time. Set business hours (like Monday thru Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and let people know during those hours you only accept scheduled calls, unless it is an emergency. This applies to friends and family as well as business associates. You will never get ahead in your business if you allow clients to have unrestricted access to you.Be strategic when offering pro bono workFreelancers do not make money unless they charge for their services. They also have frequent tech breakdowns that cost money to fix, so earning money is important.If you are going to offer pro bono work, be strategic about it. Always ask for something in return. Clients who are not willing to reciprocate on even a basic level are going to take advantage of you.Avoid pro bono work that is not reciprocated in some form, and do not discount your services to the level of a small donation. The client could interpret that to mean you are willing to work at a discount. They might pass another project your way, expecting the same deal. If you need the money, you will be tempted to take their new project. If you take their new project, you will continue to take low paying gigs and you will be exhausted and have nothing to show for it.Instead of discounting your services, request something of equal value from the client in return. If they have products or services you would benefit from, come to an agreement for a fair trade. You could trade time for time, so for every ten hours you work, you receive ten hours of their services, excluding work that either of you need to outsource to a paid third party.Regardless of your agreement, make sure to send all pro bono clients a professional invoice so they can see the monetary value of the services they have received. Adjust the wording on the invoice to reflect your agreement but treat the project as if they are a paying client. Surviving as a freelancer in a competitive market requires charging full-price for your services even when you are performing pro bono work. There is no such thing as a free lunch.Stay up-to-date with the latest trends and technologiesThe world of Internet-of-Things (or “IoT”) is constantly changing in big ways. For example, cloud-based software like Microsoft Office 365 and Photoshop are popular enough to be considered a trend. They are also useful and have a bright future. For instance, cloud-based software can be updated automatically on the server side, rather than forcing users to manually download and install each update. The applications installed on a user’s machine are lightweight, and the server does the majority of the work, which leaves the user with more of their local computer resources. Nearly everyone experiences an increase in speed when using cloud-based applications. Also, bugs can be fixed on the server-side, and users do not need to lift a finger or worry about endless software security patches.Your clients need every option available to them, and their options are only as diverse as the software in your portfolio of knowledge. The more you stay up-to-date with the latest technology trends, the more knowledgeable you will be perceived to be by your clients. Clients like working with freelancers who provide them with options and do not try to convince them to use the only software they know.Hire a tax professional to do your taxes each yearTo stay afloat as a freelancer, you need to stay on top of your taxes to prevent getting behind. Each year, the tax rules change. The only people who stay on top of the multitude of changes are the tax professionals who need to know the tax code inside and out to do their job.The home office deduction is the most common deduction for entrepreneurs, but the requirements are ever-changing. For example, for 2017, the home office deduction requirements changed yet again, requiring a work area to be an enclosed space with some kind of door. No longer is it acceptable to claim a home office deduction if your workspace is merely in a separate, designated area in your home such as the kitchen table.By completing your own tax returns, you are risking making deductions you may not qualify for, even when you qualified the previous year. Tax professionals can spot inconsistencies immediately and prevent you from making innocent mistakes.Create a productive home working environmentForget about painting your walls the perfect shade of blue to evoke a sense of importance from your brain. Hold off on buying a bunch of ergonomic furniture, too. Workspace décor and furniture are important, but it is secondary to the layout of your furniture and the way you arrange your tech tools.For example, before you fill your office with ergonomic furniture, determine where your desk will be located. You do not want the sun to come in through the window and shine in your face for half the day, but you do not want to be in a dark corner, either. Plan out where you are going to work first. Then you will know how much wall space you have for each item. You could have the most expensive, highest rated ergonomic setup one can purchase, and with the sun shining in your face, your productivity will be next to zero (but you might get a nice sun tan!)Do not get too comfortable settling into your grooveGetting comfortable as a freelancer means you are not growing. Without the structure of a regular 9-5 job, you have to create your own growth opportunities. You have to create limits to push yourself through and do your own research to figure out what is next.When the freelance world becomes competitive, you will be more likely to survive if you are willing to throw your hat over the fence and take on projects beyond your perceived abilities. If you do not get in over your head, you will never have a reason to research solutions to dig yourself out of a hole. What you learn by digging yourself out of a hole, you will take with you to your next project. The more you learn, the more valuable you become as a freelancer, and the more likely clients are to choose you in a competitive gig economy. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Frank Landman Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Follow the Puck
Indian shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap, Sameer Verma and HS Prannoy advanced to the quarter-finals of the men’s singles competition at the USD 120,000 US Open Grand Prix Gold here.Kashyap crossed the second round after his opponent Hungary’s Gergely Krausz retired midway in the second game with the scoreline reading 21-18, 17-6 in favour of the Indian.The Commonwealth Games champion then defeated Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne, seeded 16th, 21-19, 21-10 in the pre-quarters match on the same day.Kashyap will next face compatriot and fifth seed Sameer Verma, who notched up victories over Croatia’s Zvonimir Durkinjak and Brazil’s Ygor Coelho.Sameer, who is making a comeback after recovering from a shoulder injury, had to fight hard to get the better off Zvonimir 21-19, 25-27, 21-15 in the first match. He then saw off ninth seed Ygor 18-21, 21-14, 21-18.Second seed HS Prannoy, meanwhile, brushed aside Ireland’s Joshua Magee 21-13, 21-17 before staving off a challenge from Netherlands’ Mark Caljouw, seeded 12th, 21-8, 14-21, 21-16 in 48 minutes.Prannoy will face eighth seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan next.Among other Indians in fray, third seeds Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy defeated Indonesian combo of Hendra Tandjaya and Androw Yunanto 21-16, 21-9 to set up a clash with seventh seeded Japanese Hiroki Okamura and Masayuki Onodera.It was however curtains for Harsheel Dani, Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli, Rituparna Das in singles event.Vietnam’s Tien Minh Nguyen ended Harsheel’s stay with a 27-25, 21-9 win, while Sri Krishna lost 11-21, 10-21 to fifth seed Jang Mi Lee of Korea. Rituparna suffered a 15-21, 20-22 loss to seventh seed Natalia Koch Rohde of Denmark.advertisementMen’s doubles pair of Francis Alwin and Tarun Kona fought hard before losing 19-21, 21-9, 14-21 to seventh seed Hiroki Okamura and Masayuki Onodera of Japan.Women’s doubles pair of Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram also bowed out with a 18-21, 9-21 loss to seventh seeds Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara of Japan.Mixed doubles pair of Manu and Maneesha also suffered a 16-21, 12-21 loss to fourth seeded Malaysian combo of Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai.